Only one who knows what it is to yearn


„Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt“, a setting to music of Goethe's Mignon song, and probably still the best known of Tchaikovsky's Lieder, lends its name to the production. Tchaikovsky achieved a stylistic diversity unsurpassed by other Russian composers with his more than 100 Lieder, mostly described as „romances“. He preferred texts by poets who avoided subjects that could be easily explained. The resulting gaps, the unsaid and unsayable are what makes Tchaikovsky's music so expressive. His ability to tackle true human emotions head on made his Lieder very popular during his lifetime. While Tchaikovsky's Romances are central to Russian repertoire, they have long languished in the shadows of his operas, symphonies and ballets in the west. Christof Loy's staging includes rarely performed Lieder, interspersed with short works for piano and chamber music.

Additional Info

  • No: A05050783
  • Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Artists: Olesya Golovneva, Kelsey Lauritano, Andrea Carè, Vladislav Sulimsky, Mikołaj Trąbka
  • Production year: 2021
  • Run time: 01:51:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Christof Loy
  • Producers: Unitel
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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